Pro Pundits - Tom

The Everton and Man City assets I’m considering for the FPL season run-in

One of the world’s best FPL managers, Tom Freeman (aka avfc82), discusses Everton, Manchester City and more in his regular column.


So, as I write this, we’re just two games into Gameweek 32+ and I sit 44,693rd overall in Fantasy Premier League (FPL), having banked 89 points in Gameweek 31+.

It feels like I’m back on track after a sluggish Free Hit in Gameweek 30+, which saw a 30k rank drop.

However, with a Wildcard and Bench Boost in hand, and this week’s captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (£11.0m) still to play, a ninth top 10k finish remains within reach.

Since the restart, I’ve been watching loads of football and individual players, so I thought I’d use this article to talk about two of my top targets, and why I’m looking to bring them in.

Looking ahead, one of the reasons I moved away from my initial plan to Wildcard in Gameweek 33+ and Bench Boost in Gameweek 34+ is that my team looks in pretty good shape right now. It feels like I’d be making changes for changes’ sake, which can be dangerous.

With one free transfer and £0.3m in the bank, here’s how I’m currently set up…

I’m still undecided on transfers but am considering moves for Foden or possibly Jesus.

I’ll likely make a late call on that one once I’ve watched all of this week’s games, along with captaincy.

Thanks for reading… until next time.


Tom Freeman – aka avfc82 – comes onto the team to make most of us feel wildly insecure about our overall rank history. A long-time Fantasy Football Scout user, he has finished inside the top 1,000 a staggering five times since 2009.

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541 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Gashead9
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    5 days, 29 mins ago

    On course for a potential 10th consecutive green arrow!

    1. fcsaltyballs
      • 4 Years
      4 days, 23 hours ago

      well done mate

    2. Woy_is_back
      • 2 Years
      4 days, 23 hours ago

      Not that hard climbing from 3 million 😉

  2. Ady87
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    5 days, 28 mins ago

    Missed the deadline, worked out okay so far. 2 FT, £1.4m ITB and need to make some moves.

    Martinez
    TAA Alonso Saiss
    Salah Son Bruno Barnes
    Auba Ings Jimi

    Subs: Lascelles Williams Hayden

    I’ve got BB left, that’s it, so I need to think about how to strengthen the bench ready to use it but I’m terrible at forward planning which is how I’m in this mess. Do I do Auba > Rash and Upgrade Williams (Aurier?) who is blocking a Martial pick but also helps my BB issue? I’d have £3.1m free if I got Rashford. Barnes > Pulisic? Foden?

    1. Dynamic Duos
      • 6 Years
      5 days, 25 mins ago

      Looks good to me, I'm looking at a Aubameyang replacement, Kane, Jesus or Rashford

    2. dunas_dog
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      5 days, 24 mins ago

      Barnes to Pulisic if fit and Auba to Jesus

    3. sunnyh
      • 6 Years
      5 days, 23 mins ago

      Auba Barnes Williams to rash martial aurier

      1. sunnyh
        • 6 Years
        5 days, 18 mins ago

        worht it for the hit imo

  3. Joyce1998
    • 4 Years
    5 days, 25 mins ago

    right guys need help with that to do with this lot
    thinking of getting rid of aub and grealish but not sure

    any recommendations appreciated
    2 FT 0.0 itb
    ryan
    taa, gomez, soy
    fernandes, kdb, salah, traore, grealish
    aub, ings

    subs- button, greenwood, lund, kiko

    1. sunnyh
      • 6 Years
      5 days, 20 mins ago

      Auba + grealish to rash+ pulisic

  4. Openboxman
    • 1 Year
    5 days, 22 mins ago

    RMWCT

    Pope
    Doherty - Alonso - TAA - Aurier
    KDB - Salah - Martial - Bruno
    Kane - Jimmy

    Button - Nketiah - Neco - Cantwell

    1. sunnyh
      • 6 Years
      5 days, 18 mins ago

      Neco is a sneaky good pick imo

      Kane is hit or miss could be nice

      1. Openboxman
        • 1 Year
        5 days, 17 mins ago

        I'm hoping hit.

        Plan to get Rashford in if he's not preforming

        1. waldo666
          • 9 Years
          5 days, 9 mins ago

          Just get Rashy in now and save yourself the hassle.

    2. Freshy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      5 days, 16 mins ago

      Liking the Kane pick

  5. sunnyh
    • 6 Years
    5 days, 19 mins ago

    Kind of at an loss to what to do here:

    Pope - Hendo
    TAA - AWB - Doherty - Lascelles - Stephens
    Salah - KDB - Bruno - Doucoure* - Mooy
    Auba* - DCL - Jimi

    Im currently thinking Auba + Doucoure --> Rash + Pulisic or Ings + Martial?

    Was initially leaning towards Ings + Martial but Ole's comments scaring me off Martial a bit as he talks about rotation with Ighalo and big upping Rash. Any other options people see? Cheers in advance!

    1. Camzy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      5 days, 5 mins ago

      Prefer Rash + Pulisic.

      Much harder to find good strikers than good mids. Lots of strong differential mids to pick from too like Mahrez, Foden, Pulisic etc.

    2. Ajaxeeding
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      4 days, 23 hours ago

      I would do Ings and Martial.

  6. iamNwB
    • 4 Years
    5 days, 6 mins ago

    Who is the best player to TC and in what game week? this is the only opportunity i have to win a private league

  7. dunas_dog
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    5 days, 5 mins ago

    Best option

    A Kane Pulisic Foden
    B Jesus Mahrez Pulisic

    1. Camzy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      5 days, 4 mins ago

      B. I don't want Kane pretty much at any cost.

    2. Ajaxeeding
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      4 days, 23 hours ago

      B

    3. Dynamic Duos
      • 6 Years
      4 days, 23 hours ago

      For -8?

  8. The Man Pastore
    • 5 Years
    5 days, 3 mins ago

    Is Richarlison --> Mahrez the obvious transfer here? Or should I save FT?

    Patricio Martin
    TAA Doherty Maguire Lascelles Kiko
    KDB Son Bruno Martial Richarlison
    DCL Jiminez Nketiah

    1FT / 0.7ITB

  9. Ajaxeeding
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    4 days, 23 hours ago

    Not sure I want to make a transfer here (barring any future injuries). Any suggestions would be great appreciated!
    Current team with 0.0ITB with 2 FTs
    Pope, Martin
    TAA, Aurier, Doherty Lacelles, Holgate
    Salah, KDB, Fernandes, Son, Martial
    Jiménez, DCL, Nketiah

    1. dunas_dog
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      4 days, 23 hours ago

      Agree- looks good. Only possible suggestion is getting Pulisic if fit but not sure for whom- would need to be Bruno or Son

      1. Ajaxeeding
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        4 days, 23 hours ago

        Hi hanks for the confirmation and the suggestion.

  10. yer old da
    • 10 Years
    4 days, 23 hours ago

    avfc82 has 5 top 1k’s since 2009. I’ve got 3, and 4 more just outside (1500th, 1700th, 2300th and 3,400th). Delighted to know that this gives you the status of ‘one of the world’s best FPL managers’. B-)

    1. TorresMagic™
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 11 Years
      4 days, 23 hours ago

      Been a long time since your last top 1K.

      1. yer old da
        • 10 Years
        4 days, 23 hours ago

        What can I say, children came along - first born in 2008.

        1. Federerisgod
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          4 days, 23 hours ago

          I’d say with your history, and great another great chance of top 5k this season, you definitely qualify

          1. yer old da
            • 10 Years
            4 days, 23 hours ago

            Thanks mate

        2. TorresMagic™
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • Has Moderation Rights
          • 11 Years
          4 days, 23 hours ago

          Looks 5-3 my way, soon to be 5-4 😛

          1. yer old da
            • 10 Years
            4 days, 23 hours ago

            5-3 on what basis?

            1. TorresMagic™
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • Has Moderation Rights
              • 11 Years
              4 days, 23 hours ago

              Seasons both played.

              1. yer old da
                • 10 Years
                4 days, 23 hours ago

                Ah right I see - fair enough. Though you should get docked a point for this season’s rank 🙂 What’s went wrong?

                1. TorresMagic™
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • Has Moderation Rights
                  • 11 Years
                  4 days, 22 hours ago

                  WC29 and Covid explains it. Had I kept the WC, would be much higher. Held Aguero too long.

                  1. yer old da
                    • 10 Years
                    4 days, 22 hours ago

                    Not sure Covid explains it, but WC29 certainly hasn’t helped. Nightmare that.

                    1. TorresMagic™
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • Has Moderation Rights
                      • 11 Years
                      4 days, 22 hours ago

                      Would have got an extra game in 29. Not having Sterling when a popular captain was a big hit. Aiming to beat the personal worse but will need luck with only a BB.

    2. _Ninja_
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      4 days, 23 hours ago

      Its a great history mate, well played.

      1. yer old da
        • 10 Years
        4 days, 23 hours ago

        Cheers bud. It’s my last season so hopefully go out with a bang and one final top 1k finish.

        1. circusmonkey
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          4 days, 22 hours ago

          Will you really stick to that?

  11. fcsaltyballs
    • 4 Years
    4 days, 23 hours ago

    Pope
    TAA AWB Saiss
    Salah KDB Fernandes Sarr
    Rashford Jimenez DCL

    Henderson Lascelles Cantwell Lundstram

    2FT, 1.4itb

    1. Lundstram Sarr >> Aurier Pulisic / Willian (and play BB)
    2. Cantwell >> Foden (bench Sarr)
    3. Something else

    Thanks

  12. Moose™
    • 8 Years
    4 days, 23 hours ago

    Thoughts? 2FT here..

    Martinez

    TAA Doherty Lascelles

    Mane KdB Bruno Richarlison

    Vardy Jimmy DCL

    3.9 Taylor Guendouzi 3.9

    2FT & 0ITB

    Thanks..

    1. circusmonkey
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      4 days, 22 hours ago

      Well Ian, Vardy's legs have gone.

  13. @ocprodigy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    4 days, 23 hours ago

    What's with the Kane dislike in here...?! Brilliant FPL asset when he gets firing. Kind of player who invokes fear when my opponents have him.

    1. Camzy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      4 days, 23 hours ago

      Stats say he's awful. Way too deep, not enough chances and to cap it off he's extremely expensive.

    2. Dynamic Duos
      • 6 Years
      4 days, 23 hours ago

      Is he better than Rashford or Jesus atm?

      1. Joyce1998
        • 4 Years
        4 days, 23 hours ago

        naa rashford best option

  14. Ajax Hamsterdam
    • 5 Years
    4 days, 23 hours ago

    What to do with Sarr ?
    A pulisic
    B William
    C foden
    D keep

    Thanks a lot

    1. Ajaxeeding
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      4 days, 23 hours ago

      C or A

      1. Ajax Hamsterdam
        • 5 Years
        4 days, 23 hours ago

        cheers

  15. marronjavier
    • 2 Years
    4 days, 23 hours ago

    Best pair:

    A. Sarr-Doherty
    B. Son-Saiss

    1. Ajax Hamsterdam
      • 5 Years
      4 days, 23 hours ago

      b

  16. 1912 F.A Cup Winners
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    4 days, 23 hours ago

    Have just the correct funds to do Aubameyang and El Ghazi to Salah and Connelly -4 should I do it??? Aubameyang dropping,El Ghazi will probably soon too

  17. yer old da
    • 10 Years
    4 days, 23 hours ago

    Anyone else going FH in 38? Seems a great shout with the potential for some serious left-field picks.

    1. Greek Freak
      • 4 Years
      4 days, 23 hours ago

      Definitely, especially considering how bad my season has been, it'll be nice to finish on some no-strings-attached punts.

    2. Big_Andy_GAWA
      • 8 Years
      4 days, 23 hours ago

      Yeah, me. Who are ya thinking of having by then...??

    3. waldo666
      • 9 Years
      4 days, 22 hours ago

      That's the plan atm.

  18. Dynamic Duos
    • 6 Years
    4 days, 23 hours ago

    Is this worth a -4 , Aubameyang and Barnes to Jesus/Rashford and Pulisic?

    1. Pep Roulette
      • 2 Years
      4 days, 23 hours ago

      Yes mate. No doubt.

  19. Pep Roulette
    • 2 Years
    4 days, 23 hours ago

    Anyone considering Cantwell for the next 3 games?

    1. Pep Roulette
      • 2 Years
      4 days, 23 hours ago

      Provided he's fit

    2. Dynamic Duos
      • 6 Years
      4 days, 23 hours ago

      Yeah, need a Fleck replacement

      1. Big_Andy_GAWA
        • 8 Years
        4 days, 23 hours ago

        Playing 5 mids, then?

        1. Dynamic Duos
          • 6 Years
          4 days, 23 hours ago

          No it is for a potential bb

    3. circusmonkey
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      4 days, 22 hours ago

      Norwich won't score again this season.

      1. _Ninja_
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        4 days, 22 hours ago

        They play Arsenal next so they likely will.

  20. Joyce1998
    • 4 Years
    4 days, 23 hours ago

    willian or pulisic?

    1. Big_Andy_GAWA
      • 8 Years
      4 days, 23 hours ago

      Mount another decent - and cheaper - option, too...

      1. Dynamic Duos
        • 6 Years
        4 days, 23 hours ago

        But everyone is selling Mount, am I missing something?

        1. Big_Andy_GAWA
          • 8 Years
          4 days, 23 hours ago

          Looked good in the game I saw him in. Is cheap and playing in no.10 position. Worth at least a look, IMO... 🙂

          1. Dynamic Duos
            • 6 Years
            4 days, 23 hours ago

            Could go Aubameyang and Fleck to Rashford/Jesus and Mount -4

        2. _Ninja_
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          4 days, 23 hours ago

          1 g 3 a in last 16 games for mount. Not great.

          I'd go Pulisic.

  21. Wolves Ay We
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    4 days, 23 hours ago

    I've noticed a lot of catholics on here tonight. 😉

    Serves us right for going with the devil, the red devil DDG 😀

    1. jia you jia you
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      4 days, 23 hours ago

      Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves

  22. Phil's Stamps
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    4 days, 23 hours ago

    Who to start:

    A) Doherty and Saiss (ARS)
    B) Doherty and Lascelles (WHM)

    1. 1912 F.A Cup Winners
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      4 days, 23 hours ago

      In the same boat mate but with Fernandez over Lascelles and I’m currently on B with Saïss first sub

    2. Big_Andy_GAWA
      • 8 Years
      4 days, 23 hours ago

      I'd likely go B) myself.

    3. Phil's Stamps
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      4 days, 23 hours ago

      Thanks.

    4. circusmonkey
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      4 days, 22 hours ago

      Clean sheet odds say double Wolves, which surprised me.

  23. TorresMagic™
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • Has Moderation Rights
    • 11 Years
    4 days, 23 hours ago

    Pope the legend, killed me when I changed him to Ryan earlier 🙁

  24. HMC
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    4 days, 23 hours ago

    I just hate getting screwed by the pope. Should have just brought him in on my BB team in 30

  25. Big_Andy_GAWA
    • 8 Years
    4 days, 23 hours ago

    Predictions for the remaining games, folks?

    Brighton 1 vs. 3 Man U.
    Arsenal 3 vs. Norwich 1
    Bournemouth 1 Newcastle 1
    Everton 1 vs. Leicester 1
    West Ham 0 vs. Chelsea 2
    Sheff United 0 vs. Spurs 1
    Man City 1 vs. Liverpool 2

    😀

    1. jia you jia you
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      4 days, 23 hours ago

      0-2
      5-1
      1-1
      0-0
      1-1
      0-2
      2-2

      1. Tony Martial
        • 1 Year
        4 days, 23 hours ago

        0-3
        0-0
        0-0
        2-2
        0-2
        1-1

        1. Big_Andy_GAWA
          • 8 Years
          4 days, 23 hours ago

          You're missing one, Tony lad. Or aren't you permitted to give your predictions for you own side...?? 😆

          1. TorresMagic™
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • Has Moderation Rights
            • 11 Years
            4 days, 23 hours ago

            Probably missed Arsenal.

    2. Wolves Ay We
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      4 days, 22 hours ago

      Brighton 2 vs. 1 Man U.
      Arsenal 1 vs. Norwich 1
      Bournemouth 1 Newcastle 0
      Everton 2 vs. Leicester 0
      West Ham 1 vs. Chelsea 0
      Sheff United 1 vs. Spurs 1
      Man City 3 vs. Liverpool 2

  26. Tony Martial
    • 1 Year
    4 days, 23 hours ago

    Start 1

    Justin (Palace H)
    Lascelles (WHU H)

    1. Big_Andy_GAWA
      • 8 Years
      4 days, 23 hours ago

      Justin the more exciting pick, and IMO the slightly better chance of C.S. Leicester a better team and a better defence than NEW.

    2. _Ninja_
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      4 days, 23 hours ago

      Justin

      1. mccormibar
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        4 days, 23 hours ago

        Defo Justin.

  27. wulfranian
    • 3 Years
    4 days, 23 hours ago

    What would you do here?
    Pope
    Alonso/VVD/CTaylor
    Mane/Mount/Fernandes/Sarr
    Jota/Auba/Jimenez

    McCarthy Hayden/BolySmith
    1ft 0.6itb

    a)Jota->Greenwood/Giroud
    b)Jota+Sarr->Greenwood+Martial
    c)Jota+Hayden->Greenwood+Antonio

    1. Dynamic Duos
      • 6 Years
      4 days, 23 hours ago

      Aubameyang to Kane/Jesus/Rashford

      1. wulfranian
        • 3 Years
        4 days, 22 hours ago

        cheers

  28. Dynamic Duos
    • 6 Years
    4 days, 22 hours ago

    Barnes to Pulisic or Fleck to Mount?

    1. wulfranian
      • 3 Years
      4 days, 22 hours ago

      Fleck to Mount.

  29. Woy_is_back
    • 2 Years
    4 days, 22 hours ago

    Is Foden a Good pick from now on?

    1. Dynamic Duos
      • 6 Years
      4 days, 22 hours ago

      Yes

    2. TorresMagic™
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 11 Years
      4 days, 22 hours ago

      If he starts which won't always happen.

  30. dshv
    • 2 Years
    4 days, 22 hours ago

    Patricio to Pope ??

    1. Dynamic Duos
      • 6 Years
      4 days, 22 hours ago

      Pope

    2. Major League Shocker
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      4 days, 22 hours ago

      I wouldn't bother, Wolves are good. It's mostly Foster and Dubravka owners who are wishing we went for Pope instead.